The Associate Director is the global leader of the Worldwide Acquisition and Licensing (WWAL) department responsible for delivering value to Kemin by pursuing and driving inorganic growth through strategic business acquisition and licensing of new technologies.
This position will report to the KI Core Group to allow for expertise sharing, coaching, standard-setting, and executive approval on acquisition and licensing projects. This reporting structure allows for functional expertise across cross-functional acquisition and licensing projects and allows full knowledge and prioritization of key projects within the KI Core Group.
The WWAL team will report to this position and will include a finance and technology report. Additionally, the manager of the China acquisitions team will have a dotted line report, to allow for management of the global acquisitions and licensing framework and full oversight of the global acquisition pipeline.
This position is responsible for leading/supporting all aspects of acquisition and licensing transactions through a stage gated methodology which includes overseeing prospect screening and analysis of potential candidates and partnering with KI Core Group and/ or BU leadership to execute negotiation strategies and due diligence activities. They help shape the global acquisitions and licensing culture and performance by aligning the acquisition strategy to the overall corporate strategy. By adopting a repeatable and systematic approach, a global corporate framework is provided.
The position requires strategic thinking and execution of projects aimed at evaluating or conducting acquisitions, licensing, and divestitures. The scope of those projects can range from a corporate priority or span across multiple regions or support projects led by regional teams when those are of high strategic importance for Kemin’s business.
This is a “hands-on” role within WWAL with additional responsibility for personnel direction, oversight, and development. This role will also provide input on departmental and/or project budgetary needs, and process and workflow for the global acquisition framework. Although the role will exercise the ability to autonomously make accurate decisions in the team environment, investment and extraordinary decisions will be consulted with the KI Core Group and/or BU leadership team.